The decision on appointing Singh, a former Indian Administrative Service officer, as the next CIC was taken unanimously by a panel comprising India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Kapil Sibal.
Singh will the second woman to become CIC after Sandhu, whose term comes to an end later this month. Being the seniormost Information Commissioner, Singh was the unanimous choice for the post of CIC, sources said.
Sushma Singh became Information Commissioner on September 23, 2009 in the Central Information Commission. She had retired from IAS on May 31, 2009. She is a former Secretary to the Government of India and belongs to Jharkhand cadre. She had joined IAS in 1972. Singh has served as Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.